Cube Business Media Inc. is a boutique conference and exposition company, founded to generate connections, build content & create communities. We create physical hubs and virtual spaces where likeminded individuals can gather, learn, and grow.
Eventually, every business will need to transition. The Business Transitions Forum provides business owners with tactical takeaways in order to help them with making smarter decisions in the short term while setting them up for a successful transition in the future.
KNOWSHOW is an engaging B2B marketplace where leading lifestyle fashion brands unveil their seasonal products to Canadian retailers. In its 16th year, KNOWSHOW connects hundreds of unique retailers with preeminent and emerging brands in a concentrated showcase of the latest trends, styles, and products.
SAAS NORTH is recognized as go-to hub in Canada for the fastest growing SaaS companies to learn, network, and grow. It gathers founders, executives, service providers, investors and their teams; facilitating networking, knowledge sharing and access to resources to scale-up!
In technology, mergers and acquisitions are a regular occurrence and can be a path to growth. Every tech company needs to be “M&A Ready”. Learn from the biggest exit success stories, the multiple exit stories, and connect with the players that made them happen.
Tech Talent North brings together people-focused tech leaders and experts in human capital and corporate culture to supercharge their talent engine! It provides Canadian tech leaders and their talent teams an opportunity to take a deeper look at the human capital challenges that matter most.
Mark has been a leader in the conference and tradeshow business for over 25 years with a proven track record for success. As a proud contributor to the industry, he has overseen 12+ conference brands across Canada and the US serving both trade and consumer audiences. Industry agnostic, Mark has produced events in design, construction, fashion, technology, business, and real estate. Managing teams of up to 20, Mark has a keen eye for cultivating talent and helping his team grow professionally.
Born and raised in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Mark was naturally drawn to the spirit of entrepreneurism at a young age. He developed his interest in real estate development and design through a successful publishing career which led to a flourishing event production career.
In 2007, Mark and his partners sold their business to a public U.S. company and in 2012 the Canadian portfolio was sold to Informa, the largest publicly-traded event company in the world. With major conference brands like Buildex, IDSwest, The Real Estate Forums and Cargo Logistics, to name a few, Mark was well established to take the next step in his distinguished career.
In August of 2015, Mark launched Cube Business Media Inc. with long-time friend and colleague David Tyldesley. Together they co-founded The Business Transitions Forum, Canada’s first large-scale exit-strategy event for business owners, and launched the first BTF conference in November 2015. Early in 2016, David and Mark acquired KNOWSHOW Enterprises Inc., Canada’s Premier Fashion and Lifestyle Tradeshows and later in 2016, David and Mark Co-Founded SAAS NORTH, Canada’s largest SaaS Conference.
Mark is a true strategist, understanding the nuances of consumer behavior, he guides his team to produce exceptional content and sales excellence. A creative thinker and lifelong entrepreneur, Mark is passionate about finding innovative solutions to new challenges.
A family man, Mark is a proud hockey dad, both ice hockey and field hockey. In his downtime, Mark can be found travelling with his wife, and two children whether it’s exploring Europe or enjoying the beaches of Hawaii.
David was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and has lived and worked in Vancouver and Melbourne, Australia. In the late 1990’s, after completing business school, David’s natural problem-solving tendencies and his eye for detail led him to a role managing expositions and conferences.
In his position as Show Director of Buildex Vancouver, David played a crucial role in fostering significant and sustained commercial growth. Buildex became one of North America’s largest regional construction expositions with exhibit sales and attendance increases of nearly 300% during his tenure.
David’s portfolio also includes a ground-up conceptualization, development and launch of Canada’s largest supply chain event, Cargo Logistics Canada, which he founded and conceived “from a blank sheet of paper.” The launch of this event garnered David an Innovation Award from the parent company Informa, the world’s largest publicly-traded event company.
While launching and managing the aforementioned event, David simultaneously oversaw one of North America’s largest Interior Design tradeshows, which attracted 30,000 consumers annually and led to a second Marketing Innovation Award.
In August of 2015, David launched Cube Business Media Inc. with long-time friend and colleague Mark Stephenson. Together they co-founded The Business Transitions Forum (BTF), Canada’s first large-scale exit-strategy event for business owners in North America, now in five cities. Early in 2016, David and Mark acquired KNOWSHOW Enterprises Inc., Canada’s Premier Fashion and Lifestyle Tradeshows and later in 2016, David Co-Founded SAAS NORTH, Canada’s largest conference for cloud-based software entrepreneurs.
In 2017, David founded TechExit.io, which is an “M&A Primer” conference for technology entrepreneurs. The creation of this brand created a new connection between the Business Transitions Forum audience and the SAAS NORTH audience, thus fulfilling Cube’s mandate of facilitating “Connections, Content and Communities.”
David lives and works in North Vancouver when he is not riding a motorcycle in Laos, Iceland or the Alps or circumnavigating the Australian outback with his wife and young daughters.
From an early age, Michelle always had a strong interest in marketing and event planning. It was the perfect fit for her strong organizational skills and passion for creating experiences for others. However, in the early days of Michelle’s career, an observant manager noticed she also had a natural ability with numbers and finance which would eventually change the path of her career.
After completing a BBA in Marketing, Michelle’s newly discovered ease with numbers drove her to complete her CPA designation. During this time, Michelle gained a wealth of tradeshow and conference knowledge as part of the finance team at Informa, the largest publicly-traded event company in the world. With over ten years of financial experience under her belt and a love for event production, Michelle joined Cube Business Media in 2016 in an operational role – the perfect combination of both worlds. She oversees Cube’s day-to-day finance and administrative functions, and manages venue and on-site operations for KNOWSHOW and SAAS NORTH.
Having lived in Vancouver for over 30 years, she wouldn’t consider any other place her home. Michelle loves exploring the world and learning about other cultures. She doesn’t believe any event without a theme is worth having and has big dreams of winning The Amazing Race with her husband one day.
Erin has over 20 years of professional event management experience, and a passion for conferences and tradeshows. Her creativity, attention to detail and love of fast-paced project management lead her to a successful career as an event planner. Amongst other accolades, she was recognized on the BizBash Canada 250 list of nationally recognized top event professionals in 2020 and finalist for best conference in Canada in 2019. In addition to a BA in communications and marketing, Erin has her Project Management Professional (PMP) designation and is a Certified Event Designer (CED).
Utilization of design thinking principles, effective communication skills and building strong relationships are the foundation of Erin’s work philosophy. She strives to build engaging events with tangible ROI for stakeholders and unique experiences that ‘surprise and delight’ attendees.
Erin lives, works and plays in North Vancouver. In her free time, she loves forest hikes with her dog Stanley, practicing yoga or planning her next travel adventure. Future goals include learning to sail, salsa dance and improving her ukulele skills.
Scott grew up in London, England and began his professional career as junior press officer for a reputable PR company cutting his teeth helping manage press and promotions for some of the world’s biggest recording artists and movie premieres. Eventually transitioning into sales and marketing within the action sports business, Scott utilized his PR skillset as Press Officer for London’s Urban Beach International trade show and sporting event held at London’s famous Docklands Arena. Over the next few years Scott became more involved in the wholesale side of the lifestyle and action sports business initially as a sales representative and later brand manager for many leading skate, snow and surf brands.
In 2004, Scott moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he married his wife and began working as Marketing Manager for No Limits Distribution managing their large and growing roster of brands, events and team riders. Continuing to work with many fashion and action sports brands in Canada, Scott’s career has continued to develop and most recently Scott managed Country-wide sales, marketing and operations in Canada for the US based Stokehouse group of brands. Scott’s swiss-army-knife type skillset and lengthy industry experience is what led him to join Cube Media as Sales and General Manager for KNOWSHOW.
Scott enjoys snowboarding and exploring the backcountry roads and trails of BC in his trusty Land Rover and when not out of cellphone range can usually be found spending time with his family in and around White Rock, BC.
Shauna graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Business. After graduating, Shauna began her career as a Marketing Assistant with a homecare software company. Since then, she has held various marketing and communications positions with tech companies where she produced a range of events including conferences, webinars, workshops, community events, and parties.
A desire to focus her energy on her passion, event planning, is what led Shauna to join the Cube Business Media team in May 2016. As the Communications Manager, Shauna is responsible for speaker, sponsor, and partner communications as well as operations and logistics support for all Cube events: SAAS NORTH, Business Transitions Forum, KNOWSHOW, and TechExit.io.
Shauna loves to travel! Most recently she volunteered with children in Cambodia, and travelled to Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and Curaҫao.
When she’s not working hard putting together our next event, Shauna can be found doing yoga, exploring the outdoors, or planning her next trip around the world!
Ryan was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Shortly after graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Design, Ryan kicked off his career by starting his own graphic design business. Pairing up with a local print shop, the next couple of years were spent providing dozens of businesses with branding and artwork for every kind print media. In 2004 he took over designing the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s quarterly publication, The ATA Magazine, with the largest circulation of any journal in the province.
At the end of 2005, Ryan packed up and headed west—relocating to Vancouver, British Columbia. Continuing to service his existing clientele back in Alberta, Ryan also began working as an in-house graphic/web designer for a local software company. During the half a dozen years there, Ryan expanded his skillset to include web development and social media education, helping to grow the company’s brand as they expanded into different verticals and launched a handful of new software products.
The last few years Ryan has refocused his efforts to solely growing his own business, now servicing a variety of clients in B.C. and Alberta with their graphic/web design/development needs. In the summer of 2016, Ryan joined Cube Business Media Inc. as their graphic/web designer. When not in front of a computer screen Ryan can be found trying to be as active as possible, either indoors at the gym or outside walking the seawall (on the dry days in Vancouver).
Jessica (or Jess) graduated from The University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business with a specialization in marketing. Prior to joining the Cube team, Jessica worked two internships during university with SAP on their Global Events and Digital Events teams. Her passion for events started off in her second year of university where she had the opportunity to plan and execute the opening and closing ceremonies for first year orientation.
Jessica is passionate for all things marketing – from design, events, analytics, email and much more! Much of it started off from her childhood years were she spent 10 years taking oil painting lessons and piano. Marketing was a great field that satisfied her creative and artistic side. As well, her curiosity about technology made her a great fit for this role. You will find her working on SAAS NORTH, Tech Exit, BTF, KNOWSHOW and Tech Talent North.
In her spare time, you’ll find Jessica on the hunt for the next most aesthetic restaurant in Vancouver, hiking, cliff jumping, and playing fetch with her puppy Oslo.
Joseph graduated with honours from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Management with a major in Accounting. Prior to joining the Cube, Joseph worked in public practice for 9 years as a manager. Joseph also has some exceptional life experience. He served in the Korean army for two years as an anti-tank missile specialist. Joseph enjoys coffee roasting, soccer, hiking, and cooking.
The ALS Society of Canada works with the ALS community to improve the lives of people affected by ALS through support, advocacy and investment in research for a future without ALS. A key supporter of SAAS NORTH and our tech community was recently diagnosed with ALS, so selecting this organization to support was not a question for us – the contributions Cube makes to ALS Canada are in his honour.
The Lions Gate Hospital Foundation ensures its patients get better access to ground breaking facilities, the latest equipment, and updated infrastructure. While Cube produces events across Canada, we are a company based on the North Shore in Vancouver, and it’s important to us to remember our roots and support our local community. Keeping in good health affects everyone, and we want to ensure the best care possible is available for those in need.
You will join the growing Cube Business Media team in a dynamic execution-focussed role, responsible for building conference programs for our SAAS NORTH and TechExit.io events. This includes content curation, speaker sourcing and management, and collaborating with marketing and operations teams, while managing content for our bi-weekly newsletters.
This is a contract position, and we have big goals coming out of the pandemic! Currently Cube produces and manages several annual events across Canada including the Business Transitions Forum, SAAS NORTH, TechExit.io, Tech Talent North and KNOWSHOW, and we are looking for a motivated leader who lives and breathes SaaS, tech and understands the Canadian Startup ecosystem. Periodic travel within Canada is required.
The Conference Content & Program Director role requires you to build the program from conception to execution, as well as provide the overall vision for the conferences. You will work with our operations and marketing staff and external resources including the steering committee, sponsors and stakeholders, to plan and execute the conference program and content!
Specific duties include the following for both our annual SAAS NORTH and bi-annual TechExit.io conferences:
Act as the public-facing Content Director, facilitating the creation of the agenda and program including:
Speaker and Conference Management On-Site During Show Days
Provide input on Event Design & Experience/Value Creation
Act as the editor of our bi-weekly newsletters, SAAS NORTH NOW and TechExit NOW, which includes:
Cube Business Media Inc., is a boutique conference and exposition company, founded to generate connections, build content and create communities. Founders Mark Stephenson and David Tyldesley have over 25-years experience in the conference and tradeshow space and together, post-acquisition of a previous venture, founded Cube in 2015. Cube currently owns and operates 10 event programs across Canada, including KNOWSHOW, SAAS NORTH, TechExit, the Business Transitions Forum, and Tech Talent North and is self-funded. Our objective is to bring buyers and sellers together, strengthen business ecosystems and create marketplaces where entrepreneurs thrive.
You will join the on-site operations team that executes Cube Business Media’s tradeshows and conferences in a role that provides hands-on event management experience. You will work closely with key managers on our operational team and have the opportunity to meet and network with industry experts.
This is an on-call, volunteer position and we are looking for people with a can-do attitude and friendly face, willing to jump in and lend an extra hand during peak times.
Cube Business Media Inc., is a boutique conference and exposition company, founded to generate connections, build content and create communities. We create physical hubs where likeminded individuals can gather face-to-face, en masse. Cube owns and operates 10 event programs across Canada, including SAAS NORTH, TechExit, the Business Transitions Forum, KNOWSHOW/KNOWHOW and is self-funded. Our objective is to bring buyers and sellers together, strengthen business ecosystems and create marketplaces where entrepreneurs thrive.